Dublin

Carl-Henning Pedersen, Pink Sun (Lyserod sol), 1942.

Carl-Henning Pedersen, Pink Sun (Lyserod sol), 1942.

Dublin

CoBrA

IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital Kilmainham Military Road
July 3–September 21, 2003

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
South Shore Road
March 1–April 21, 2003

Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
May 1–June 15, 2003

The CoBrA movement commands credibility these days as a breeding ground of the Situationist International, but its visual style—a paint-squandering figurative expressionism that owes a lot to art brut—has drawn few admirers since its heyday in the late ’40s and ’50s; not even during the ’80s of Schnabel and Baselitz did the Copenhagen/Brussels/Amsterdam look make much of a comeback. Has the time finally come for a reappraisal of Asger Jorn, Karel Appel, and company? Guest curator Peter Shield and the Baltic’s Sune Nordgren have had their work cut out for them, but it’s worth revisiting this boisterous art with an open mind.